Engineering Senior Project Managers earn the highest median pay at $143K per year, followed by Engineering Project Managers ($91K), Project Engineers (about $78K), and Structural Engineers (around $71K). Earning only $61K on average, Water Resources Engineers make less than most people in the company.
Years of Experience
Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make approximately $56K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (28 percent) report five to nine years of experience and bring home median pay of about $74K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($98K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; the company's headquarter city of Omaha, Neb. ($87K), New York, N.Y. (around $82K), and Charlotte, N.C. ($80K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Portland, Ore. — at approximately $62K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in California, where the average salary is about $95K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Project Management Professionals have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at $146K annually. Acquiring certification to be a Licensed Architect is rewarded with median pay of around $110K per year. The best paid folks at HDR, Inc. have a Master of Civil Engineering (MCE), Civil & Environmental Engineering, earning $139K annually.
In this position, it pays to have Budget Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $142K per year. Engineering Design also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; over a third of employees surveyed report using it at work. Employees also tend to know Project Management, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
Almost all employees save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. The vast majority of respondents can count on health insurance, and a large number of respondents have dental coverage as a benefit. A few more workplace perks are life insurance, a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, a company cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.